Addiction Treatment Specialist

Internal Medicine & Cardiologists in Mesa, AZ

Addiction Treatment services offered in Mesa. AZ

You can detox and recover at home when you seek outpatient addiction treatment. Shantha Kumar, MD, and the team at Clear Choice Physicians offer treatment for alcohol and opioid addictions, prescribing medications that support a safe detox, eliminate cravings and withdrawal symptoms, and restore balance to your brain. To learn how the program works or to get help for your addiction, call the office in Mesa, Arizona, or book online today.

Addiction Treatment Q & A

Why do I need addiction treatment?

The most common addictive substances include alcohol, stimulants, and opioids. As a group, opioids include illegal drugs (heroin) and prescription pain medications, such as codeine, morphine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone.

All addictive substances stimulate your brain, causing a surge in chemicals that ease pain, boost your mood, and cause pleasurable feelings. As you keep taking these substances, your brain physically changes and starts to crave the drug.

Before long, your brain develops a tolerance to the amount you usually take. Then you need to take larger doses to achieve the same pleasure and stop the craving. At that point, you also have withdrawal symptoms if you stop using the substance.

Cravings and withdrawal are sure signs of an addiction. And once addicted, you need specialized medical treatment to help you successfully detox and stop taking the substance.


What signs indicate I need addiction treatment?

You need addiction treatment when you:

  • Want to stop but can't do it on your own
  • Spend a lot of time using and recovering from the effects
  • Fail to keep up with work and family responsibilities
  • Give up activities you enjoy to use your substance
  • Keep using the substance even though it causes problems
  • Need to take larger amounts to get the same feeling
  • Have uncontrollable urges or withdrawal symptoms

You may also notice that physical symptoms like shakiness and nausea improve by taking the substance.


What type of addiction treatment might I receive?

Clear Choice Physicians prescribes Suboxone® or Vivitrol® to support your detox and recovery. You take both medications as an outpatient, allowing you to stay at home and keep working during your addiction treatment.



Suboxone contains buprenorphine and naloxone, medications that treat an addiction to opioids. The two medicines work together to:

  • Suppress and reduce opioid cravings
  • Prevent withdrawal symptoms during detox
  • Block the effects of other opioids
  • Normalize brain chemistry

You receive your first dose of Suboxone in the office while you're in moderate withdrawal. Your provider closely monitors your health to be sure you don't have side effects or problems. Then you keep taking the medication at home with regular follow-up visits to the office.



Vivitrol, which contains a medicine called naltrexone, is an injection that you receive once a month. The medication can treat alcohol addiction and prevent an opioid relapse after your detox. You need to stop drinking and be free of opioids before you take Vivitrol.

If you need addiction treatment, call Clear Choice Physicians or book an appointment online today.